How to Make Adjustable Straps

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How to Make Adjustable Straps
Adjustable straps are useful for purses, bags, cameras, binoculars and backpacks. (camera strap and film image by jimcox40 from

If you've got a camera, a pair of binoculars or a great tote bag that would be perfect if only you could adjust the straps, your worries are over. You can make a custom adjustable strap using nylon webbing available by the yard at fabric and craft stores. Bring the item to the store with you so that you can choose a suitable colour and width.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Nylon webbing
  • Scissors
  • Matches or lighter
  • Web sponge
  • Single-bar slide (plastic, nylon or metal) the same width as webbing
  • Sewing machine with heavy-duty needle
  • Thread

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  1. 1

    Using scissors, cut the webbing to a length one and a half times the median desired length of your strap.

  2. 2

    Melt the ends of the webbing in the flame from a match or lighter to melt the nylon and prevent ravelling and fraying. Douse the end on a damp sponge to stop the burning when the ends are sufficiently melted.

  3. 3

    Thread the webbing through both slots in the slide, and pull the slide to the centre of the strap.

  4. 4

    Thread one end of the webbing through the D ring, or other hardware on your camera, binoculars or other item for which you are making the adjustable straps.

  5. 5

    Turn the webbing so that the centre brace of the slide is facing up. Thread one end of webbing under the centre brace (between the centre brace and the webbing previously threaded through the slide) and up and out of the slide.

  6. 6

    Thread the remaining free end of your webbing strap through the D-ring on the other side of the item for which you are making these adjustable straps. Secure the strap by stitching the end to the strap to the main strap, sewing through both layers, in an X-shaped pattern of stitches.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want to use these adjustable straps on a bag, duffel, tote or purse that doesn't already have D-rings, you can loop nylon webbing through a D-ring and sew the webbing to the edges of the top of the bag.

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